When experimental dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton (American, b. 1939) developed Contact Improvisation in 1972, he indelibly transformed the vocabulary of dance. His movement technique—influenced by his studies in the martial arts and based on ideas of improvisation, gravity, and momentum between two bodies—has significantly influenced contemporary approaches to dance and physical movement. Paxton, who still actively teaches and writes, is widely regarded today as one of the most influential choreographers of his generation.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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